As wonderful as neckties are as an accessory, the way they’re positioned right in front of your chest, seemingly ready to take a bullet for you, makes them the perfect stain magnet. No one, and we mean NO ONE, likes a stained or soiled necktie. So, if you do end up with one, here’s how you can get it looking nice and crisp again!
Apply a Layer of Cornstarch
If you have a stubborn stain, such as grease or oil, cleaning it may be quite a challenge. However, it isn’t impossible either. All you need is a little cornstarch!
Take some cornstarch and apply a layer of it to the stain. Then, let your necktie sit for a few hours to allow the stain to absorb the starch before wiping it away with a towel or napkin.
Now, this may not work in one go, so try doing the same thing a couple of times!
TIP: If you can’t find cornstarch, talcum powder is said to work just as well.
Dab Some Rubbing Alcohol
Dip a small cloth into a bowl of rubbing alcohol and wring it out to avoid leaving alcohol drips.
Okay, now, before you try attacking that stubborn stain, test it out first on the back of your necktie just to make sure that it doesn’t discolour. And if it doesn’t, go ahead and dab at the spot or stain lightly.
However, if you notice that it didn’t do much, try rubbing gently (like, really gently) over the stain. Once you’re done, quickly dry the area with a hairdryer set to low heat. This should work wonders!
Go For a Soak
A good old soak is probably the best, easiest, and safest way to clean your necktie. Here’s a quick step-by-step guide on how to do it:
- Step 1: Fill up a tub or container with lukewarm water.
- Step 2: Add in a tablespoon of liquid or powdered detergent.
- Step 3: Put your necktie in the tub and stir it around.
- Step 4: Let it soak for about 10 – 15 minutes.
- Step 5: Take your necktie out, drain the tub, and refill it with clean, cold water.
- Step 6: Place your necktie back in the water and rinse to remove any soap residue (Note: Repeat this step until there is no soap left).
- Step 7: Blot out any excess water with a towel.
- Step 8: Hang it outside to dry.
One important thing to keep in mind when it comes to soaking neckties is that silk does not react well with water. So, if it is your silk tie that’s stained, steer clear of this method!
Use a Stain Remover
Stain removers are so named for one obvious reason: they remove stains.
However, stain removers should only be used as a last resort because they can be quite harsh on delicate fabrics. Having said that, desperate times call for desperate measures. So, if you don’t have the time to scrub or soak your neckties, or if you’re just too tired, then you could give these little wonders a go.
Just be sure to test it on an out-of-sight part of your necktie. If it discolours, then it’s best to not use it. If it doesn’t, simply follow the instructions on the bottle, and it’ll be as good as new!
Visit a Dry Cleaner
If all else fails, gentlemen, there is one last option: dry cleaners!
This is probably the easiest option, but it may not be the quickest. So, if the situation isn’t urgent, just go to your local dry cleaners. They’re professionals, so they’ll know what to do!
There you have it, fellas, simple ways to remove your necktie stains. Though if none of these work, then it’s time for a new tie! And perhaps this time, you’d like to customise your own necktie.
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